GÖG – Gesunheit Österreich GmbH
– Mag. Georg Ziniel, MSc, Director, GÖG
History and Structure
GÖG (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH) was set up in its current form by federal law on August 1st 2006. Three units are now integrated in GÖG: The ÖBIG (Österreichisches Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen – Austrian Health Institute), as well-known research institute established in 1973 by federal law to govern and promote the Austrian Health Care System. The FGÖ (Fond Gesundes Österreich – Fund for a Healthy Austria), established in 1992 with the task to improve health promotion and prevention in Austria. The third unit – the BIQG (Bundesinstitut für Qualität im Gesundheitswesen – Federal Institute for Quality Assurance in Health Care), was established in July 2007 by federal law, as supporting institution of the Ministry of Health. HTA is located in the Department of Health Economics. GÖG is a limited company, owned by the Federal State, a non profit organization, independent in its scientific work and mainly financed by the Ministry of Health.
GÖG has a permanent staff of about 162 persons, the expertise of GÖG is multidisciplinary, i.e. economists, physicians, psychologists, biologists, statisticians, regional planners.
One task of GÖG in the field of HTA is to support the implementation and institutionalization of HTA into the Austrian Health Care System. As we have a decentralized Health Care System, a nationwide coordination and establishment of necessary structures and standards for HTA processes and methods as well as regular information exchange are important. A National Strategy for Health Technology Assessment was developed in cooperation with the major health care stakeholders. National and international HTA-Agencies are acting as consultancy body. Furthermore we support e.g. the Ministry of Health and also other GÖG projects with evidence based information.
How GÖG works
Since 2008 assessment reports, rapid reviews and short inquiries are requested from the Ministry of Health. Furthermore we are also conduction HTA and systematic reviews for other Austrian stakeholders and German HTA-institutions like DIMDI and IQWiG. We are also partner in the EUnetHTA-network.
We have developed a HTA-process-manual, were quality standards like peer review process (experts for the particular topic) are specified. To ensure nationwide quality standards we developed – in cooperation with the main Austrian HTA-institutions – the “HTA-method-manual” which is regularly updated.
After an external review process all reports are published in full on the GÖG website and can be downloaded free of charge. Additionally, regularly mailings are done and the results of our work are published in the Newsletter of the Ministry of Health and in journals. We developed a HTA-Guide as a web tool for everybody: http://hta-guide.biqg.at/ to enforce information exchange.
Current Projects (A Selection):
- Cataract surgery in Austria: A budget impact analysis of day care versus inpatient care.
- Effectiveness and efficiency of prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
- Evidence for Increasing the immunisation coverage for measles and rubbella
- Cost-benefit analysis for antidepressants
- EUnetHTA Joint Action 2 (Joint HTA-production and methods)
- Evidence for worksite health promotion and prevention
- Cooperation in an European Project on cost of illness
- Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation
- Prevention of dementia
- Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT ) versus guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (FOBT) for colorectal cancer screening
- Evaluation of National HTA-Strategy
Description of population served: National
Population served (mil): 8.4
Current HTA budget (mil USD): 0.42
Permanent staff: 6 (HTA/EBM); GÖG overall 162
Ongoing TA projects: 6
Director: Mag. Georg Ziniel, MSc
Contact person: Ingrid Rosian-Schikuta
Gesunheit Österreich GmbH
A-1010 Vienna Austria